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World Mental Health Day 2016

NHS Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting this year's World Mental Health Day. The theme, set by the World Federation for Mental Health, is psychological first aid and the support people can provide to those in distress.

The idea of focusing on psychological first aid is that all or any of us may need to step in to help when someone needs it, and to help them to see if they need professional help. 

Every day, and all around us, people often experience personal crises, from potentially losing a loved one, going through a stressful situation at work, or experiencing a serious physical illness. There are also people who sadly experience abuse and/or violence, all of which increase stress and the likelihood of developing mental health problems.

Dr Dagmar Zeuner, Merton CCG Governing Body member and Director of Public Health Merton, said: "We know that 1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Mental health will affect us all in some way.

"On World Mental Health Day, let's get the nation talking – after all, talking is one of the best things we can do to look after our mental health. If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you're worried about someone you know - help is available. You're not alone; talk to someone you trust. Sharing a problem is often the first step to recovery."

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, encouraging everyone to be conscious of the need to provide the right support when people around us experience the stress of traumatic events.

If you want to support - get together a group of friends, family or colleagues, put the kettle on, talk about mental health and invite them to make a donation to the Mental Health Foundation. For more updates, follow #WMHD16 on Twitter.

Merton Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (MIAPT)

MIAPT is the new Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) for the London Borough of Merton. The new mental health services will provide a wide range of treatment for people who are experiencing mild to moderate conditions including depression, anxiety, stress and low mood.

MIAPT has recently launched a brand new online therapy support service. For more information please visit: